Microsoft has vowed to better disclose the actions of its antipiracy tool once it is installed on Windows PCs.Microsoft's antipiracy tool phones home daily | CNET News.com
The tool, called Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications, is designed to validate whether a copy of Windows has been legitimately acquired. However, it also checks in with Microsoft on a daily basis, the company confirmed Wednesday.
This has alarmed some people, such as Lauren Weinstein, a civil liberties activist, who likened it to spyware in a blog posting.
Microsoft disputes that notion. It said that WGA's regular call home is innocent and done for necessary maintenance purposes.